“Open science needs open minds”
By Hylke Koers, PhD, and Rachel Martin | Posted on 21 October 2014
In a typical lab on any given day, researchers will be noting down their latest observations and calculations, in a notepad or perhaps in an Excel spreadsheet. They are recording their data, and in today's world, this is becoming an increasingly valuable source of information. Sharing of data is key to making scientific findings reproducible and to enable scientists to build upon these findings – sometimes in truly novel and unexpected ways when data is re-used for purposes that the original contributor may have never thought of.
However, there are real challenges around posting, hosting, managing and discovering research data. This means that stakeholders – including researchers, librarians, publishers, data centers, funding agencies and policymakers – need to work together to build a global infrastructure which will enable research data to be stored, shared, discovered and used to its maximum potential.
Addressing the many challenges around research data in a constructive, head-on manner was the goal of the recent Research Data Alliance (RDA) Fourth Plenary Meeting in Amsterdam – and the inspiration behind the new Open Data pilot at Elsevier. ...